2012 Jeep Wrangler: We're Adding U-Connect Bluetooth and USB
May 27, 2012
Our 2012 Jeep Wrangler started out as a base model 2-door Sport with no options save air conditioning. As such, it has the entry-grade AM/FM stereo with a single-disc CD player and a basic AUX jack. There's no Bluetooth, no USB.
You could argue that the optional $460 Connectivity Group would have been a good deal, as it brings Bluetooth (phone and audio), a USB audio input and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with U-Connect and stereo control buttons built right in.
But let's say you find a new (or used) JK Jeep Wrangler Sport to buy that has everything you want except U-Connect Bluetooth and USB. What do you do? Pass it up and buy something loaded with more options than you want just to get Bluetooth?
You could go aftermarket, of course, but Mopar sells an add-on U-Connect Bluetooth module that plugs right in to the back of the stock factory radio. It provides a means to use voice commands to make calls. When calls come in the sound comes out through the factory speakers. In either case your Bluetooth streaming or USB-docked music gets auto-paused. In short, you get the factory experience from a factory-developed accessory.
The kit costs $368 or thereabouts, with another $37 or so needed for the USB cord. That's slightly cheaper than the Connectivity Group option, but when the dust settles you don't end up with the steering wheel buttons and there's still the matter of installation, which will cost you a little extra if you have the dealer handle it.
But at least you can retrofit a Jeep (or other recent vintage Chrysler product) with U-Connect after the fact. As soon as I carve out time in my schedule I'll install this kit and show you what's involved if you care to do it yourself.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 15,896 miles